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Mad Men 

TV-14 | | Drama | TV Series (2007–2015)
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A drama about one of New York's most prestigious ad agencies at the beginning of the 1960s, focusing on one of the firm's most mysterious but extremely talented ad executives, Donald Draper.

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Jon Hamm ...  Don Draper 92 episodes, 2007-2015
Elisabeth Moss ...  Peggy Olson 92 episodes, 2007-2015
Vincent Kartheiser ...  Pete Campbell 92 episodes, 2007-2015
January Jones ...  Betty Francis / ... 92 episodes, 2007-2015
Christina Hendricks ...  Joan Harris / ... 92 episodes, 2007-2015
Aaron Staton ...  Ken Cosgrove 92 episodes, 2007-2015
Rich Sommer ...  Harry Crane 92 episodes, 2007-2015
John Slattery ...  Roger Sterling 89 episodes, 2007-2015
Kiernan Shipka ...  Sally Draper 89 episodes, 2007-2015
Robert Morse ...  Bertram Cooper 74 episodes, 2007-2015
Christopher Stanley ...  Henry Francis 54 episodes, 2009-2015
Jessica Paré ...  Megan Draper / ... 49 episodes, 2010-2015
Jay R. Ferguson ...  Stan Rizzo 46 episodes, 2010-2015
Michael Gladis ...  Paul Kinsey 40 episodes, 2007-2012
Bryan Batt ...  Salvatore Romano 39 episodes, 2007-2009
Alison Brie ...  Trudy Campbell 38 episodes, 2007-2015
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Storyline

The professional and personal lives of those who work in advertising on Madison Avenue - self-coined "mad men" - in the 1960s are presented. The stories focus on those at one of the avenue's smaller firms, Sterling Cooper, and its various incarnations over the decade. At the heart of these stories is Donald Draper, the creative genius of the company. That professional creative brilliance belies the fact of a troubled childhood, one that he would rather forget and not let anyone know about except for a select few, but one that shaped who he is as an adult and as an ad man in the need not only to sell products but sell himself to the outside world. His outward confidence also masks many insecurities as evidenced through his many vices, such as excessive smoking, drinking and womanizing - the latter despite being a family man - and how he deals with the aftermath of some of the negative aspects of his life. Written by Huggo

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Where The Truth Lies ...

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 July 2007 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Character Ken Cosgrove was likely based in part on the novelist/poet James Dickey, who worked in advertising in the 1960s while publishing poems in The New Yorker and other prominent magazines. He also bears much in common with screenwriter/novelist Herman Raucher, who staged plays on Broadway while working as an advertising executive. Raucher ultimately left advertising when the success of his novel and screenplay for Summer of 42 made him a millionaire. See more »

Goofs

The picture of Pete's wife is different in later episodes than from the pilot. The picture in the pilot is obviously not the actress who plays Pete's wife (Alison Brie) most likely because she was not yet cast. See more »

Quotes

Don Draper: Advertising is based on one thing: happiness. You know what happiness is? Happiness is smell of a new car. It's freedom from fear. It's a billboard on the side of the road that screams with reassurance that whatever you're doing, its okay. You are okay.
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Referenced in The Making of 'Mad Men' (2007) See more »

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Best TV Drama of All Time?
30 August 2015 | by Instant_PalmerSee all my reviews

As it stands now, yes. Mad Men is the best TV drama of all-time.

Matthew Weiner's concept alone puts it into a must-try category. Those who have seen every episode in sequence, experience a level of quality TV that sets the bar to the top.

Matthew takes viewers on a high ball roller coaster of human experiences that explore pursuit of bliss, the depths of where one can go, and the winding roads of inner angst one must often travel.

The journey is a most interesting one in Don Draper's universe that occupies a time (1960s) in American cultural when changes occurred in warp speed.

No Pollyanna view of the world, Mad Men explores the full spectrum of human relationships and personality types.

View Mad Men from episode one season one if you haven't already. The trip is worth the time.

My vote for Best TV Drama of All Time


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